Wednesday, September 18, 2013

All I can say is "Amen!"

In commenting about our unbelievable and continually growing debt, Walter Maier said this:

Who knows whether this figure, cruelly fantastic to many of you who would thank God if you had four dollars, represents the breaking point in American financial power? An army of experts, I suppose, will contradict this claim; moreover, we should realize that a nation’s existence is not guaranteed by the amount of its money nor its destruction sealed by financial loss. A country can rebuild, sometimes better and stronger, after complete bankruptcy. The wildest inflation, when people pay hundreds of thousands in paper money for a loaf of bread or a quart of milk, need not mark the utter end of any nation.

Similarly, if we ask ourselves, What is the worst disaster that can overtake our beloved land? we ought to agree that the most devastating danger comes not from without, but from within. Just as a man can recover from ghastly surface wounds, broken or even amputated limbs, while below-the-surface diseases, like cancer or internal injury to the vital organs, prove fatal, so a nation, with its cities, towns, and villages, can regain its peace after the chaos and upheaval of war; it can be restored to health after wide epidemics of influenza or typhus; it can rise victoriously from the ashes of fire, the debris of flood, earthquake, tornado, the ruin of bombs and cannon. Yet history testifies that there is one inner loss which is final, that can remove national glory forever and permanently reduce any country, however rich and powerful. That deadliest danger is unbelief, ingratitude toward God Almighty, the blasphemous ridicule of His Word, the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the denial of the cleansing blood, the contempt for the Gospel, and with this, the carnival of crime, the sweeping rule of sin, the glorification of evil. God’s truth, majestic in its plain, unalterable force, warns, "The nation and kingdom that will not serve Thee shall perish," and every time an empire has collapsed — review this parade of fallen kingdoms: Egypt, Babylonia, Syria, Media, Persia, Greece, Rome, and, above all, Judah — the truth of that warning is fulfilled.

The most vital necessity for America today is, therefore, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ’s power to forgive sins and restore us to God.

All I can say is "Amen."

Friday, April 5, 2013

A poem I wrote came back to haunt me....

I don't wax poetic often.  I once offered my wife this wonderfully-composed poem:

Roses are red
Violets are blue.
Lovers are like noses,
So I pick you.

Needless to say, my wife encouraged me to develop talents other than poetry after that.  
But on at least one plane ride in 2005, I must have felt the urge.  I had forgotten that I wrote this poem.  I found it today in a directory on my mother's hard drive.  Lately, it seems that my life has been one solid bit of rushing between my various responsibilities, schedules, and appointments.  This poem served as a great reminder of what is really important in my life.  

I doubt it will be as memorable as the 4-line poem I composed for my wife on Valentine's Day.  But I hope it will be a blessing to you.  By the way, I once wrote another poem called My Glimpse of Glory which is a term I use for my wife.  You'll notice that term used in the following poem.  Next time you see me, check to see if I'm living for what is most important or not.  Perhaps I'll do the same for you.